Maggie Sugg


Ph.D., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015

M.A., Geography, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

B.S., Biology (Chemistry and Geography Minors), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008


My current research focuses on the spatiotemporal patterns of environmental health illnesses and how these patterns relate to environmental, socioeconomic, and climatic determinants. This research is guided by the social-ecological approach of vulnerability theory, which investigates the complex interplay between the environmental and social/economic aspects of a community. Using this theory, my research provides insights into the etiology of environmental-health diseases, highlighting both at risk populations and the environmental conditions that lead to adverse health outcomes. Presently, I have three main topical research interests: 1.) Environmental Exposure and Wearable Sensor Technology 2.) Mental Distress among Adolescents 3.) Indicators of Vulnerability and Resilience in the southeastern US

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The goal of my teaching is to create an environment that facilitates student interaction and encourages critical evaluation of the world.

Recent Courses:

  • GHY 3812: Geographic Information Systems
  • GHY 5800: Advanced Quantitative Methods for Graduate Students
  • GHY 4005: Geography of Health and Disease
  • GHY 5150: Seminar in GIScience
  • GHY 5025: Climate and Society


Sugg, M.M., Andersen, L., Shay, E., Tyson, J., and Runkle, J. Climate, Environment, and Public Health in Western North Carolina. Sustainable Health (Under Review)

Byrd, B., Richards, S., Runkle, J., and Sugg, M.M. Vector-borne Diseases and Climate Change: North Carolina Policy Should Promote Resilience at Regional Scale. North Carolina Medical Journal (Under Review)

Runkle, J., Sugg, M.M., Leeper, R.D., Rao, Y., Matthews, J.L., and Rennie, J.J. (2020). Short-term Effects of Specific Humidity and Temperature on COVID19 Morbidity in select US cities. Science of the Total Environment, 140093.

Runkle, J., Michael, K, Stevens, S., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of Text-based Crisis Patterns in Youth following Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, 2018. Science of the Total Environment (Under Review)

Nelson, K., Runkle, J., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Reporting Back Environmental Health Data Among Outdoor Occupational Workers in the Cold Season in North Carolina, USA. Southeastern Geographer, 60(2):159-182.

Sugg, M.M., Fuhrmann, C.M., and Runkle, J. (2020). Geospatial Approaches to Measuring Personal Heat Exposure and Related Health Effects in Urban Settings. In Geospatial Technologies for Urban Health (pp. 13-30). Springer, Cham.

Bailey, E., Fuhrmann, C., Runkle, J., Stevens, S, Brown, M., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Wearable Sensors for Personal Temperature Exposure Assessments: A Comparative Study. Environmental Research, 180:108858.

Wilson, M, Lane, S, Mohan, R., and Sugg, M.M. (2020). Internal and External Validation of Vulnerability Indices: A Case Study of the Multivariate Nursing Home Vulnerability Index. Natural Hazards

Sugg, M.M., Fuhrmann, C.M, and Runkle, J.D. (2019). Perceptions and experiences of outdoor occupational workers using digital devices for geospatial biometeorological monitoring. International Journal of Biometeorology.   

Sugg, M.M., Michael, K. Stevens, S. Filbin, B., Weiser, J., and J. Runkle. (2019). Crisis Text Patterns in Youth following the Release of 13 Reasons Why Season 2 and Celebrity Suicides: A Case Study of Summer 2018. Preventative Medicine Reports, 16:100999.

Andersen, L.M., and M.M. Sugg. (2019). Geographic Multi-Criteria Evaluation and Validation: A Case Study of Wildfire Vulnerability in Western North Carolina, USA Following the 2016 Wildfires. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 39:101123.

Runkle, J.R., Cui, C., Fuhrmann. C.M., Stevens, S., Del Pinal, J. and Sugg, M.M. (2019) Evaluation of Wearable Sensors for Physiologic Monitoring of Individually Experienced Temperatures in Outdoor Workers in Southeastern U.S. Environmental International, 129:229-238.

Osborne, Z., S. van de Gevel, M. Eck, and M.M. Sugg. (2019). An Assessment of Geospatial Technology Integration in K-12 Education. Journal of Geography, 119(1):12-21.

Thompson, K., Sugg, M.M., and Barth, M. (2019). The North Carolina Food Pantry Organizational Capability and Mapping Study. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(1):1-13.

Sugg, M.M., Stevens, S.S., and Runkle, J.D. (2019). Estimating Personal Ambient Temperature in Moderately Cold Environments for Occupationally Exposed Populations. Environmental Research, 173:497-507.

Sugg, M.M., P. Grady Dixon, and J. Runkle (2019). Crisis Support-Seeking Behavior and Temperature in the United States: Is there an Association in Young Adults and Adolescents? Science of the Total Environment, 669:400-411.

Thompson, L.C., Michael, K., Runkle, J.R., and M.M. Sugg. (2019). Crisis Text Line Use Following the Release of Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why Season 1: Time Series Analysis of Help-Seeking Behavior in Youth. Preventative Medicine Reports, 100825.

Wilson, M., M.M. Sugg, and S. Lane. (2019). Identifying Multivariate Vulnerability of Nursing Home Facilities throughout the Southeastern United States. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 36:101106.

Runkle, J.R., Sugg, M.M., Boase, D., Galvin, S. and Coulson, C. (2019) Use of Wearable Sensors for Pregnancy Health and Environmental Monitoring: Descriptive Findings From the Perspective of Patients and Providers. Digital Health, 5:2055207619828220.

Andersen, L.M., Bonevac, A.N., Thompson, L.K., Dempsey, K.E., Shay, E.D., and Sugg, M.M. (2019). Understanding Key Informant Experiences and Perceptions of the 2016 Drought and Wildfires in Western North Carolina, USA. Weather, Climate, and Society.

Thompson, L.C., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.R. (2018) Adolescents in Crisis: A Geographic Exploration of Help-Seeking Behavior Using Data from Crisis Text Line. Social & Scientific Medicine, 215:69-79.

Sugg, M.M., (2018). Heat-Health Vulnerability in North Carolina. North Carolina Medical Journal, 79:320-321. DOI: 10.18043/ncm.79.5.320

Sugg, M.M., Fuhrmann, C.M., and Runkle, J.D. (2018). Temporal and Spatial Variation in Personal Ambient Temperatures for Outdoor Populations in the Southeastern USA. International Journal of Biometeorology, 62(8):1521-1534. 

Thompson, L.K., Sugg, M.M., and Runkle, J.D. (2018). Report-Back for Geo-referenced Environmental Data: A Case Study on Personal Monitoring of Temperature in Outdoor Workers. Geospatial Health, 13(1):629.

Fuhrmann, C.M., Sugg, M.M., and Konrad, C.E. (2016). Airborne Pollen Characteristics and the Influence of Temperature and Precipitation in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA (1999-2012). Aerobiologia. 32(4):683-696.

Sugg, M.M., Konrad C.E., and Fuhrmann, C.M. (2016). Relationships between Maximum Temperature and Heat-Related Illness across North Carolina, USA. International Journal of Biometeorology, 60(5):663-675.

Fuhrmann, C.M., Sugg, M.M., Konrad, C.E., and Waller, A. (2016). Impact of Extreme Heat Events on Emergency Department Visits in North Carolina (2007 to 2011). Journal of Community Health, 41(1):146-156.

Kovach, M.M., Konrad C.E., and Fuhrmann, C.M. (2015). Area-level Risk Factors for Heat-Related Illness in Rural and Urban Locations across North Carolina, USA. Applied Geography, 60:175-183.

Kovach, M.M., and C.E. Konrad. (2014). The Spatial Distribution of Tornadoes and High Wind Impacts Associated with Inland-Moving Tropical Cyclones in the Southeastern United States. Physical Geography, 35:245-271.

Fuhrmann, C.M., Konrad, C.E., Kovach, M.M., McLeod, J.T., Schmitz, W.G., and Dixon, P.G. (2014). Ranking of Tornado Outbreaks across the United States and their Climatological Characteristics. Weather and Forecasting, 29:684-701.

Fuhrmann, C.M., Konrad C.E., Kovach, M.M., Perkins, D.J. (2011). The August 2007 Heat Wave in North Carolina: Meteorological Factors and Local Variability. Physical Geography, 32(3):217-240.

Recent Master Theses Supervised

Elizabeth Bailey - Wearable Sensors For Personal Temperature Exposure Assessments: A Comparative Study (2019)

Matthew Wilson - External Validation Of Vulnerability Indices: A Case Study Of The Multivariate Nursing Home Vulnerability Index (2019)

Lauren Andersen - An Assessment Of Wildfire Vulnerability In Western North Carolina, USA Following The 2016 Wildfires (2018)

Laura Thompson - Adolescents In Crisis: A Geographic Exploration Of Help-Seeking Behavior Using Data From Crisis Text Line (2018)

Garry Raynor - Geographic Variations Of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories In North Carolina (2017)

Anna Ross - Recreational Heat-Related Illness: Heat Exposure Outside The Work Week (2016)

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Office address
Rankin Science West 359


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